Another important role of the Mayor, a one the Mayor is always very passionate about, is to support a few local charities and good causes.
Each Year the Mayor promotes their chosen charities and good causes and raises funds for them by hosting charity events throughout their year in office.
The Mayor for 2023-24, Councillor Dorothy Trueman is supporting Special Lioness and Hug in a Bag. Special Lioness is a Sunderland-based charity started in 2020 that supports families with disabled children, and Hug in a Bag was founded in Sunderland in 2006, providing information and gift packs to people diagnosed with breast cancer.
Mayor's Civic Sunday Service - Sunday 11 June - arrive 9:50am until 1pm - Holy Trinity Church, Peareth Hall Road, Usworth, Washington, NE37 1NR.
Armed Forces Day Civic Reception and Flag Raising - Friday 23 June - arrive 9.50am until approx.11am - City Hall, Plater Way, Sunderland SR1 3AA
Tour & Tea at Hylton Castle - Tuesday 27 June - arrive 10:45am until 1:30pm - Tickets cost £10pp
Remembering Srebrenica - Tuesday 11 July - arrive 5:45pm until approx. 7:30pm - Sunderland Minster, High Street West, Sunderland.
Fly the Red Ensign for Merchant Navy Day - Friday 1 September - arrive at 9.50am until approx. 11am - City Hall, Plater Way, Sunderland SR1 3AA.
Mayor's Civic Carol Service - Sunday 10 December - arrive at 5:50pm until 7:30pm - Sunderland Minster, High Street West, Sunderland
Mayor's Charity Race Evening - Friday 19 January - time & cost tbc - The North Biddick Social Club, Fatfield, Washington
Mayor's Civic Ball - Friday 22 March - further details TBC
Other dates to follow asap.
To make a donation to the Mayor's Charities and Good Causes:
By debit or credit card via Sunderland City Council website.
Last year's Mayor Cllr Alison Smith raised over £17,077.98 for The Friends of Bunnyhill, Downhill Community Pond and Garden and Hope4All.